Self-Determination

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Self-Determination

The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

See: discretion, freedom, home rule, liberty
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Indeed, among the bloodiest conflicts in recent years those related to the former Yugoslavia, and the application of the right of self-determination within it, emerge as the most prominent.
7) The right of self-determination currently is seen as applying to all peoples subject to oppression by subjugation, domination, or exploitation by others.
It is now our responsibility to complete the necessary legal process to secure for all Americans the ultimate civil right of self-determination in dying.
This protest through a letter addressed to all the UNSC members and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon along with other officials of the institute was lodged by Supreme Head of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Convener Kashmir Committee for Right of Self-Determination Amanullah Khan.
A week after he chaired a Congressional committee's hearing on Balochistan, Congressman Rohrabacher said that the Baloch should be given their right of self-determination and to their own sovereign country, The Express Tribune reports.
The right of self-determination is something that concerns people living under occupation, but this is not the case for Kurdistan, which has a special status in Iraq," said Alia Nusayaf, an MP with the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc.
The spokesperson of the SLM-AW, Yahia Bolad released yesterday a statement demanding the right of self-determination for Darfur people after welcoming the endorsement of a law on self-determination for southern Sudan saying Darfur was an independent Sultanate up to 1916.
When negotiations resumed in July 1997 under the renamed IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development), Bashir felt constrained to sign IGADD's DOP since he had already conceded the right of self-determination in the Political Charter.
To do so only frustrates the democratic process and the parents' right of self-determination.
The continued involvement of the free-thought community is necessary to ensure that never again will any terminally ill person be denied the basic human right of self-determination in dying.
Muzaffarabad -- The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has called the media to play their vital role in highlighting the inalienable right of self-determination to people of Kashmir.
He said that the Government of Pakistan would continue its political, moral and diplomatic support to the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination.